The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 25, 1882

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The schr. Oliver Mowat, for Big Sodus; Louise, for Fairhaven; and Gulnair, for Charlotte, are loading iron ore at the K. & P. R.R. docks.

The tug Admiral D.D. Porter and four barges have arrived at Collinsby with timber from Lake Superior. The tug and officers ran to Kingston to celebrate the 24th.

The tug Active arrived yesterday from Toronto with the barge John Gaskin, which carried 31,740 bushels of wheat, and drew only 9 ft. 6 in. in over keel. Capt. Spence says she is handled easily, and that she behaves well under a big spread of canvass.


Prop. City of Montreal, Toronto, 1838 bu. wheat.

Barge John Gaskin, Toronto, 31,740 bu. wheat.

Schr. Fleetwing, Cleveland, 75 tons coal. (sic)


Tug Champion, Montreal, five barges, 5,000 wheat, 10,000 peas, 100 tons coal, 100 tons chemical ore.


A New Barge Launched.

Last fall the Montreal Transportation Company decided to overhaul the barge Lorne. When on the ways it was found that it would cost too much to make her serviceable, that it would be as cheap to build a new boat, and hence the old craft was cut in two, demolished and abandoned, all but a few planks in the bow. Having been sufficiently far advanced to be launched she was run off the ways yesterday, thereby giving place to other barges which require repairs. The deck is not yet on, but it can be constructed as well with the vessel in the water as when stilted on the land. The barge is 160 feet long, breadth of beam, 27 ft., depth of hold, 10 ft. She will carry about 25,000 bush. wheat. The material used is the best rock elm, oak and tamarack, the whole being as strongly put together as wood and iron can be. The model is handsome, the shear being the best of any barge on the river. She draws, light, very little water, about 13 inches forward and 15 inches aft. Her cost will be about $15,000. She has two masts and rods, will have a fine spread of canvass, and will probably be engaged in the coal trade. There are five hatches, an advantage, facilitating the loading and unloading. The work upon her was conducted under the direction of Mr. D.J. Ainslie. It was arranged that the launch should take place at the first boom of the cannon on Barriefield common. This purpose was carried out satisfactorily. (barge Glenora ? - editor)

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British Whig (Kingston, ON), May 25, 1882